Every minute, 24 people leave their lives behind to escape war, persecution and violence.
A refugee is a person who meets the United Nation’s criteria of leaving their home nation due to “a well-founded fear of persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.”
By Eliana Tedrow
The Sooner Catholic
On Pentecost Sunday, Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mustang celebrated the groundbreaking of their long-anticipated new church. Archbishop Coakley along with hundreds of parishioners, clergy and dignitaries from the Mustang community packed the current sanctuary to witness the monumental event.
“Today we give thanks to God for the progress of these past 35 or so years, since the founding of Holy Spirit parish, and we enter today a new chapter of that history as we bless the site and break the ground where a new house of God will rise, a place that will continue to nurture and form this community of faith,” Archbishop Coakley said.
Earlier this year, three Catholic homeschool seniors embarked on a mission to complete their senior service project.
Since the three boys had attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Youth Camp for several years, they knew the kneelers in the chapel needed renovation. The foam cushions were worn and had lost their ability to spring back.
By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic
When Barbara Lee retired after what she describes as a “rewarding career as a lawyer and a judge,” she found herself asking, “Who am I now?” The result of her search for an answer is a little book titled “God Isn’t Finished with Me Yet: Discovering the Spiritual Graces of Later Life.”
Her book is easy to read and easy to finish. Just 114 pages, it has something to offer the reader who is, like Lee, asking, “Who am I now?”
By Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON – In a 7-2 decision June 4, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with a Colorado baker in a case that put anti-discrimination laws up against freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority, said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had violated the Constitution's protection of religious freedom in its ruling against the baker, who refused to make a wedding cake for the same-sex couple.
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced June 5 that the official World Youth Day Cross and Marian Icon will make a tour of the United States Aug. 19-27.
Panama Archbishop Jose Domingo Mendieta decided to extend the Latin American tour of the Cross and Icon to include stops in the United States.
By Barbara J. Fraser
Catholic News Service
LIMA, Peru (CNS) -- More than 1,000 young pilgrims will share their cultures, joys and struggles at a gathering of indigenous youth in a small town in Panama just before World Youth Day in January.
They are likely to be joined by several thousand local indigenous people, who will make the journey on foot or horseback, carrying food with them and setting up camp at the gathering place as is the custom during traditional assemblies, said Father Joe Fitzgerald, a Vincentian missionary from Philadelphia who heads the Panamanian church's national indigenous ministry office.
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Everyone has "a stake in this fight" for religious freedom, said the U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom, Sam Brownback.
"One person's bondage is another person's burden to break," he told reporters May 29. "We're all people with beautiful and undeniable human dignity. Our lives are sacred. Our right to choose the road our conscience takes is inalienable."
Each year, parishioners from around the archdiocese send in their “subscription” to the Sooner Catholic, the award-winning archdiocesan newspaper since 1974.
Even though the Sooner Catholic is technically free for all parishioners in the diocese, these yearly “subscriptions” help pay for delivery of the newspaper to those who cannot afford it, including many on a fixed income. The “subscriptions” also are vital to helping pay for printing the newspaper and mailing issues to more than 40,000 households in central and western Oklahoma.
Archdiocese of Oklahoma City